Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has signed for former club Brondby IF for a fee believed to be £3 million.
Agger, 29, signed for Liverpool in 2006 from Brondby and returns to the club after making 232 appearances for Liverpool.
The powerful centre-back won one trophy in his time at the club, the 2012 Carling Cup against Cardiff City, and also scored 14 goals for the club.
Difficult to leave
Agger had the following to say about his transfer back to Brondby: "Liverpool have been such a big part of my life and my family's lives for so long, that leaving is extremely difficult," Agger told the club’s official website.
"The club itself is very special and I shall remain a supporter for the rest of my life. I regard every game I played at Anfield as a privilege.
"I would like to thank the Liverpool supporters for the incredible backing they have given me in my time here and the warmth and generosity of spirit displayed to my family.
"This has been our home and somewhere we have been very happy and settled. However, more recently I have started to feel the effects of playing regularly in a league that is as physically demanding as the Premier League is, and I would not want to stay if I did not think that I was able to meet that challenge week in, week out.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had the following to say about the departure of fans-favourite Agger, who he managed for two seasons.
"We wish Daniel and his family well for the future. We've been discussing Daniel's future with him during the close season and I know this is a decision he has reached after much soul searching and deliberation.
"Daniel loves Liverpool and the club's supporters, and has a unique connection with them.
"When we had the privilege to play Brondby in pre-season, we saw the esteem he is held in and I can understand why he would want to return there.
"On behalf of everyone at Liverpool, I thank Daniel for his service to the club and hope he finishes his career with some happy times in Denmark."
Agger made it clear that Brondby was the only club he wanted to join and that he jumped at the chance of returning home to his native Denmark.
"The opportunity arose for me to return home to Brondby and at this stage of my career it felt like the right decision for me.
“I wouldn't leave here to go anywhere else and that has been proven by my actions in recent seasons - I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.”
The Danish defender’s playing time at Anfield was limited in recent seasons, with both a combination of injuries and losing his place in the side reasons for this being the case.
In this summer transfer window Liverpool signed centre-back Dejan Lovren from fellow Premier League side Southampton for £20 million which pushed Agger further down the pecking order which brought Agger to the decision that the time was right to leave Liverpool after eight very happy years at the club.